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UIHC Earns High Marks Among Children's Hospitals

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- The University of Iowa Children's Hospital has been ranked in seven specialties in U.S. News & World Report's 2013-14 Best Children's Hospitals rankings.

Those specialties include cancer, orthopedics, and cardiology and heart surgery. The rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. hospitals in 10 pediatric specialties.

 Health Rankings Editor, Avery Comarow said the UI Children's Hospital deserves high praise.  "Ranking shows the dedication and expertise that UI Children's Hospital brings to the care of children who need those qualities the most," said Comarow. "We think it is important to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one."

Scott Turner, Executive Director of UI Children's Hospitals said being ranked is a reflection of the hard work and dedication that goes on inside hospital walls.  "This is the fifth consecutive year we have been ranked as one of the top children's hospitals in the United States, which is a testament to the determination and dedication of our hospital staff and their expertise in caring for pediatric patients and families," said Turner. "We are honored to be the only hospital in Iowa nationally ranked for children's health care, and this recognition reflects our continuing commitment to all of Iowa's children."

The majority of the survey's findings were determined by an analysis of patient outcomes and data on the structural resources each hospital has for pediatric care.  They also conducted a survey of 1,500 physicians asking where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

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